John Hood

John Hood

Wednesday, 04 November 2020 12:49

OPINION: Democrats threw away their shot

North Carolina Democrats thought the stars had finally aligned for smashing victories in 2020.

Monday, 02 November 2020 09:58

OPINION: Elections are a soap opera

The day before the 2018 midterms, I posted a column about “what to do if you lose.” Without knowing the outcome, I urged those about to be disappointed not to react to their loss in ways that would make themselves, and everyone around them, miserable.

Wednesday, 28 October 2020 15:34

OPINION: Campaigns are priming, not persuading

Campaigns for president, U.S. Senate and House, governor, and hundreds of other political races have spent staggering sums to market their candidates to North Carolina voters. But will all that spending really change anyone’s mind?

Monday, 26 October 2020 11:10

OPINION: Democrats may fall just short

Of all the important electoral contests on North Carolina’s ballot, our General Assembly races will be among the most consequential.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 10:01

OPINION: North Carolina leads in lost jobs

There are about 300,000 fewer jobs in North Carolina today than there were in February, before the start of the COVID-19 recession. That’s a 7.5% drop in total employment — the biggest decline in the southern United States.

The person who manages most of state government’s financial assets — the $107 billion pension fund for state and local employees, for starters — is not an appointee of the governor. The voters of North Carolina elect a state treasurer every four years.

Wednesday, 14 October 2020 11:07

OPINION: COVID shapes debate on worker safety

For 16 years, former state Rep. Cherie Berry has served as North Carolina’s labor commissioner. Now she’s retiring, and another Republican state representative, Josh Dobson of McDowell County, is running to replace her.

North Carolina, like most of the country, has become increasingly polarized in our political thinking and behavior. But what does that really mean?

Wednesday, 07 October 2020 12:36

OPINION: Take a walk on the sunny side

 In this seemingly endless year of disease, destruction, dissension, and despair, what’s an optimist to do?

When Democrat Jen Mangrum and Republican Catherine Truitt first filed to run for state superintendent of public instruction, neither could have expected that the central issue of the 2020 race would be whether to allow public schools to provide in-person instruction to North Carolina children.

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